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Alexander’s Story

My name is Alexander (Alex) Scogins. I am a six year old bundle of energy that happens to be battling Metastatic Medulloblastoma. I really don’t think about it that much and try to stay positive for my Mom and Dad. Take some time and read about my journey. Please continue to send prayers for strength and healing during this difficult time.

Over a week ago while we were having our family portraits taken, Alex got sick. Initially we thought it was the flu and that it would pass. He stayed home from school on Monday as he was still feeling sick. On Tuesday he went back to school as he was feeling better. While on a field trip he became sick again and kept throwing up. We took him to Dr. Eastham on Thursday who said that it might be migraines and gave him some medicine to help with that. He also said that if things didn’t improve within 24 hours that we should call back. Needless to say, the symptoms didn’t go away. He said we should take him to the hospital to have him evaluated and we did. We don’t take the kids anywhere but Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital when they need more acute treatment (and you should do the same withyour little ones if you live in the area). The physicians did a series of neurological evaluations and decided to do a CAT scan which revealed a mass on his Cerebellum. The neurosurgeon came down and recommended that we perform surgery to remove the mass after more test to confirm the findings. Well, that is exactly what happened which brings us to the present. Read our updates to see what is happening and keep the prayers coming...

God Bless,
The Scogins’ Family

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Update

It has been months since I’ve updated his CB site with news on Alex. For those that don’t know he is on Facebook and we update that more often, so feel free to send him a friend request. Well Alex had his MRI on Friday and we got the results today. He is STILL CANCER FREE, praise the Lord.Each day that passes improves the odds of no relapse in his favor. As a cancer parent you never breathe easy and feel better around MRI time. They need an MRImachine that is like a photo booth. You climb in, the light goes on and out pop5 candid shots of your brain. The waiting is the worst part of it all. They still visualize the one “enhancement” in the center of his brain but it hasn’t grown at all. Dr. Esbenshade said that if it was a relapse that we would have seen growth between the last MRI and this MRI, so it is likely a blood vessel.Regardless, it leaves you in constant fear for your child’s health.

 

Alex has been back in school since the start of the year and seems to be doing very well. He still uses his walker and still has balance issues, but he has learned to live with them. We can all learn to live with them as long as he is still cancer free. His personality is what some would call an “old soul”. He is so very mature for his age and is an awesome big brother. He has plenty of silly kid moments and still acts up, but he is such a good example for so many people.

 

Don’t forget, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, ALL MONTH LONG. Get involved and help those who are fighting this horrible disease. I still don’t do as good of a job being involved as I should, butthings are still very fresh right now. It’s still hard for me to read posts about other kiddos fighting cancer, some successfully, some not. I still read them but have a hard time not crying, thinking that it could be my child still fighting cancer. But thank the Lord he is not fighting cancer. Every day 46 new children are diagnosed with some form of cancer. Every day 7 children die from cancer. Get involved and help us make this 0/0 instead of 46/7.